PARKER, Isaac Charles, a Representative from Missouri; born near Barnesville, Belmont County, Ohio,
October 15, 1838; completed preparatory studies; attended Barnesville Academy; studied law and
was admitted to the bar in 1859; moved to Missouri in 1859 and began practice in St. Joseph; during
the Civil War was a corporal in Company A, Sixty-first Missouri Emergency Regiment; city attorney
for St. Joseph, Mo., 1862-1864; elected circuit attorney in 1864 and resigned in 1867; elected circuit
judge in 1868, but resigned in 1870 to become a candidate for Congress; elected as a Republican to
the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1875); was the caucus
nominee of his party for United States Senator in 1874; appointed judge of the United States District
Court for Western Arkansas March 19, 1875, and served until his death in Fort Smith, Sebastian
County, Ark., November 17, 1896; interment in the National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Ark.
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